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Saudi uni cracks down on colourful abayas

The kingdom is enforcing its strict black dress code for women after some female students added colour to their abayas

Saudi uni cracks down on colourful abayas

A Saudi university has launched a campaign against colourful abayas, claiming that wearing all black is a sign of respect to the educational institution, according to Arab News.

The crackdown was announced after an increasing number of female students began to do away with the customary black covering.

Disobeying students would be penalised, although the newspaper did not detail what the penalties were.

Officials also have inspected shops selling coloured abayas and warned them and designers to abide by the conservative kingdom’s strict dress code, workers in abaya markets told the newspaper.

All women in Saudi Arabia must cover up from head to toe in black, while Muslims are expected to wear the full abaya or niqab, which covers everything but their eyes.

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mick 5 years ago

do you think that Saudi even realises how ridiculous it sounds when announcing these commands. colour is disrespectful? Really? Explain, please.